Michelle’s “TAGISH LAKE KENNEL IDITAROD TOUR 2020”
Book now! Our new 6-day, V.I.P. Iditarod adventure & behind the scenes experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Let veteran Iditarod mushers Michelle Phillips and |Ed Hopkins be your personal guide to experience first-hand the excitement leading up to and during the start of the 2020 Iditarod race. Local retired musher Doug Vollman will join us as a guide as well. Enjoy all the pre-race events and sightseeing opportunities Anchorage has to offer, while also gaining insider access by tagging along as Ed assists his wife and veteran musher Michelle Phillips to get her team ready for the race start. . Package includes accommodations, Four meals, all admission tickets, Iditarod Trail Committee membership, transportation to and from airport and to all events, and many extras.
Day 1 (March 4)
Arrive in Anchorage and shuttle to your airport. Depending on your arrival you are welcome to enjoy sightseeing in Anchorage. Doug will shuttle our group to all the best Anchorage has to offer. We’ll van to some of the fabulous local museums, tour the impressive carvings at the Alaska State Snow Sculpture Contest, quick lunch at “Wishbone Restaurant”, then peruse the creations of over 150 Alaska native artisans at the Charlotte Jensen Native Art market. In the evening, relax and enjoy a delicious group dinner with Michelle, Ed, & Doug.
Day 2 (March 5)
Let the pre-race excitement build! Today, you’ll enjoy several Iditarod events, including the meet-and-greet. In the evening, you’ll attend the Musher’s Banquet to enjoy a delicious meal with all the 2020 mushers, their families and fans. We will sit with Michelle and watch her draw her bib number for the race. Don’t forget to pack a pen for autographs!
Day 3 (March 6)
Spend the day getting to know all the incredible dogs in Michelle’s Iditarod team. You’ll learn about the ins and outs of mushing and dog care, and then go for a fabulous sled dog ride with these amazing athletes on scenic Anchorage-area trails. There are more Iditarod afternoon events planned and Doug will take you to look for Northern Lights.
Day 4 (March 7)
Today you get your authentic, behind-the-scenes Iditarod experience! You’ll be a “handler” or “helper-Spectator” for the team as we get ready. First, you’ll help harness and bootie the dogs. Then, you will try to hold the team back as we bring them up to the start line. For lunch/dinner, we’ll enjoy home-cooking at the famous Gwennies Old Alaska Restaurant. Enjoying other mushers who may join us for the meal. Northern light watching is offered again this evening.
Day 5 (March 8)
Today is the restart in Willow, the official start of the “Last Great Race” and the excitement is through the roof. With teams leaving every 2 minutes, you’ll be right there in the middle of it all, watching the mushers preparing and leaving—a true insider view of the Iditarod. This is the real deal, folks! You’ll be helping out as handlers or spectators, assisting Michelle and her team up to the start line.We see Michelle and her team off on her 1000-mile journey. Afterwards we will head to TC and Dave’s who are local Willow mushers and meet retired sled dogs and see what happen when they retire from racing. Then we will back to Anchorage for dinner.
Day 6 (March 9)
We will depart Anchorage with a small plane and head northwest 100 miles to the Rainy Pass Lodge Checkpoint. You will pass through some of the most beautiful scenery and see the Skwentna checkpoint from the air. Rainy Pass Lodge is a great place to view the dogs because it is right after a long night of mushing and right before they head into the treacherous Alaska Range, therefore most teams stop for a rest in this checkpoint, giving you great photo ops and chances to talk to Michelle. Ed will accompany you and explain some of the strategy and what is unfolding at the checkpoint. After a few hours watching the dogs head inside to warm up and have a hearty lunch provided by the lodge. Then a scenic flight home
Day 7 (March 10)
The hotel shuttle will take you to the airport and you will depart
We have been able to limit the cost of the Iditarod tour to $4950 per person by offering so many events and experiences and conducting them solely by us, Michelle, Ed, and Doug. We are offering this experience and keeping the number to three couples or six people to keep the quality First Class.